Gallery of Horror (1967 film)

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Gallery of Horror (1967), AKA Dr Terror's Gallery of Horrors, King Vampire, Return from the Past, The Blood Suckers, The Witch's Clock,

Summary

"Welcome to the madness!" Ultra-low budget horror anthology in which John Carradine narrates an anthology of five horror stories with twist endings:

  • THE WITCHES CLOCK - A warlock exacts revenge on descendants of his persecutors through a cursed clock.
  • KING OF THE VAMPIRES - A Scotland Yard detective investigates a serial killer known as the King of the Vampires.
  • MONSTER RAID - A man rises from the dead as a zombie for vengeance upon his assistant and cheating wife after overdosing on his experimental drug.
  • SPARK OF LIFE - A variation on the Frankenstein tale about a man who assists the doctor in bringing his creation to life.
  • COUNT ALUCARD - A variation on the Dracula tale about what happens when the the count meets a surprising source of resistance in his designs on using London as a feeding ground....


Details

Scene from the "Witch's Clock" segment of Gallery of Horror (1967 film)...

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (perhaps equivalent to a PG)

This thing might have rated a G back in the 1970s and 1980s - expect really mild "Adult Content" and maybe some laughably tame Violence.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • s____ (One-half Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

It does include a segment remotely reminiscent of an incopmetent "Herbert West - Reanimator (fiction)" adaptation and a witch story set in Massachusetts, as part of its fairly weak standard-issue Gothic horror anthology fare of copyright-skirting Dracula and Frankenstein adaptations and such; it comes off a bit like an anemic Night Gallery....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Justin McKinney at The Bloody Pit of Horror (0/4 Stars) (link) - "Despite how unbelievably bad this whole collection is, it's certainly not in the so-bad-it's-good realm of cheap oddball entertainment; it's merely pathetic, amateurish and boring to sit through."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1/5 Stars) (link)
  • Mark David Welsh at MarkDavidWelshdotcom (link) - "Yes, this is micro-budget film making, probably shot in less time than it took to write this review but, in terms of script, performances and execution it is simply awful. The ideas are hopelessly derivative, the dialogue unspeakable and the production cheap and tatty. On the plus side(!) it’s certainly not dull and a source of great entertainment for lovers of terrible movies, who will be laughing throughout"

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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  • THE WITCHES CLOCK - A warlock exacts revenge on descendants of his persecutors through a cursed clock.
  • KING OF THE VAMPIRES - A Scotland Yard detective investigates a serial killer known as the King of the Vampires - who turns out to be a woman.
  • MONSTER RAID - A man rises from the dead as a zombie for vengeance upon his assistant and cheating wife after overdosing on his experimental drug.
  • SPARK OF LIFE - A variation on the Frankenstein tale about frat boys who assist the doctor in bringing a dead body to life, only to discover they've resurrected an executed serial killer.
  • COUNT ALUCARD - A variation on the Dracula tale about what happens when the the count meets werewolf Jonathan Harker in his designs on using London as a feeding ground....


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • This bare-bones low-budget production Shot in five days for US$20,000 and includes stock footage taken from Roger Corman's Poe Cycle (1960 franchise) to save money. Writer/producer Russ Jones also acted in several of the film's roles when one of the actors failed to show up and the production could not afford to replace him, while other roles were filled by relatives and friends of the cast and crew.


Associated Mythos Elements


Keeper Notes

  • There's really not much for a keeper to work with here in these cheap, poorly-written stories with predictable and cheesy twist endings, but the first segment "Witch's Clock" is slightly better than the others, and, with its enchanted clock that resurrects a witch when started, might make for the basis of a more interesting scenario.